Feb 22

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Over The Counter Products for Anxiety and Depression


Over The Counter Products for Anxiety and Depression

I have had some requests to know more about Over The Counter products for anxiety and depression.   I hope the following information on Over The Counter (OTC) products will help you in finding something to help ease your anxiety or depression symptoms.  Just remember if OTC products do not help, you may need to seek help from a mental health provider.

Anxiety and Depression can seem overwhelming at times. It would be a pain to have to go to the doctor to get a prescription each time we had a headache!  It would also be a pain to see a doctor for every symptom we had for anxiety or depression. Thankfully, there are some (OTC) products that may  help out with these issues.

Natrol is a company with natural drug-free ways of reducing your stress and anxiety. Natrol products do not contain yeast, wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, gluten, artificial colors or flavors, added sugar, starch or preservatives. Their products are a safe and natural way to reduce daily stress and anxiety.  5-HTP helps with depression and relaxation.

SAM-e is a supplement frequently used for helping lift depression.   SAM-e enhances mood by promoting a healthy balance of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, which are part of overall healthy brain cell functions. Helps support detoxification and overall healthy liver functions.  It also promotes joint health by helping to maintain joint cartilage which naturally deteriorates with physical activity and age.

Relaxiva helps with relaxation. It is capsule is plant based and mostly contains Rhodiola root extract and Ashwaganda which have both been used for many years to aid in reducing stress. This over the counter medicine is even award-winning for how well it has worked in reducing stress. On top of that, it is gluten and soy free.

Natural Vitality Natural Calm is a Magnesium drink that is widely used and effective for reducing stress and nervousness!   Magnesium is one of the most important basic nutrients that power our bodies and it is required for more than 700 biochemical reactions. But since our bodies dont produce this mineral we need to replenish its supply every day. Due to nutrient-deficient soil and fast-paced lifestyles few of us (estimated at less than one in five) get sufficient magnesium in our diets. This means supplementation is needed and Natural Calm is the best-selling award-winning ionic magnesium that mixes easily in water to restore healthy magnesium levels quickly and effectively. Gluten Free Vegan Non-GMO Suggested Use As a dietary supplement place powder in a glass or mug add 2-3 oz

Similasan Anxiety Relief is a cheaper option that has been around for 25 years and boasts its amazing Swiss formula. It assists in relieving apprehension, nervousness, and restlessness. The ingredients list is extremely short which help you rest easy knowing you’re using a safe and natural product.

If you anxiety is severe and gets your back or neck bound up so tight you can’t move well, try a TENS UNIT!   I highly recommend one since I have had to use them in Emergency room on occasion.   They can be purchased  cheap now and can provide great relief at home.

If your anxiety isn’t as severe and you sometimes just need something to help you kick it and keep it at bay, try L-theanine. L-theanine is a natural phytochemical found in green tea. It works as a non-essential amino acid in connection with a specific neurotransmitter in the brain. Studies show that L-theanine simply boosts the body’s natural way of coping with daily anxiety or stress.

Bach offers a child’s line for kids dealing with stress.  Rescue Remedy—a natural stress relief that is safe and natural for kids. There is a Rescue Remedy with alcohol in it so read the label.  The one referenced here doesn’t contain alcohol and is not addictive. It is safe for children but you wouldn’t want to leave it out where children can access it.   It comes in liquid form which makes it easier to slip into a drink or drop under a child’s tongue so they can safely and easily get it down. It works to restore a child’s mood balance and relieve stress or anxiety throughout the day.

Combating stress and anxiety can be hard. However, it’s nice to know that there are so many options including the ones listed above and many more that can help provide immediate relief. If you take a look at your local health food or drug store, you will find options you didn’t even know you had.


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  1. 1

    This is great information for me to have. Thank you!

  2. 2
    Randy Fulgham

    this is a very interesting post, thanks for sharing,i will pass it on to one of my friends, who is going through this now

  3. 3
    Linda Manns Linneman

    I didn’t know about most of these products. I will have to check and see which one would be best for me. Thank you for sharing

    1. 3.1

      Wow I am so glad I shared some OTC products. They do help.

  4. 4
    Deb E

    I’ve not tried any of these but do use magnesium supplements with my calcium. My light box does help although the sunny weather here is the best therapy, along with the free vitamin D it provides!

    1. 4.1

      I live in Alaska and I need the light therapy…but I begin it in the fall and end it come mid Feb when the light is better.

  5. 5

    Thank you for this info. There is a lot of new information here that I was unaware of.

    1. 5.1

      Glad to share some helpful info!

  6. 6

    i have never heard about OTC Drugs for depression. I must be living under a Rock.

    Thanks for the Post, and the Information, I will keep this is mind!

    1. 6.1

      Oh my gosh…yes many of these especially St John’s Wort and SamE can be of great help.

  7. 7
    Sarah L

    I think essential oils can help a lot with this.

    1. 7.1

      Yes Essential Oils are great! But I was thinking more of the “drug” type of OTC products 🙂 Thanks for sharing EO!

  8. 8
    Brittany Williams

    I wish these products did work for me 🙁 But I take prescription medications for depression and anxiety.

    1. 8.1

      Brittany, I take meds too. But I also use some over the counter methods. People are lucky that can be helped with just OTC but I am so thankful for the progresses in medications to help with mental health issues!

  9. 9

    I have trouble to come over anxiety and depression

  10. 10

    Hoping to win the Essential Oils to help with these issues!

  11. 11
    Dee Lafrenz

    I think we all have stress at least once in a while. Thank you for this information. I will check out a couple of these.

  12. 12
    Candy Voisine

    I didn’t know that there were over the counter options! Wow. I avoid the prescription stuff for anxiety because they mess with my head so much!

  13. 13
    Susan Smith

    I didn’t know about most of these products. I’ll have to send this information to my sister who has anxiety.

  14. 14
    Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

    Great information — thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize that there were OTC treatment options.

  15. 15

    I have lived with anxiety and depression all my life, and have never found anything that helped long term. Thanks for this article, I’d love to try one of these to see if they help.

    1. 15.1

      Janel..I too have lived with anxiety all my life and depression most of my life. I hope you find relief. It has to be awful not to find something that can help you long term.

  16. 16
    Jessica Cox

    I am really going to try the Similasan Anxiety Relief I had no idea that their was so many natural choices

    1. 16.1

      I am so happy to be able to share with you these options!

  17. 17
    Kathleen M Smith

    Thanks for posting, I have not heard of some of these. I used Bach’s rescue remedy after the death of a family member and also for my rescue cat when I first got her and when there are thunder storms – very helpful.

    1. 17.1

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on Bach’s rescue Kathleen!

  18. 18
    Sally Gearhart

    Wow, I had no idea about these OTC aids, Thank you sooo much for sharing this info! I’ve dealt with anxiety for many years & I refuse to take anything else prescribed so I’m definitely gonna try these out, thank you!

    1. 18.1

      I’m glad you found some new options Sally! Thanks for sharing.

  19. 19
    Laurie Emerson

    Thank you so much for this article. There are several that I want to try out. I especially like the Natural Calm one.

    1. 19.1

      Laurie..the Natural Calm is a great product!

  20. 20

    Thanks for the helpful information. I definitely need to take something natural for stress relief!

  21. 21

    I didn’t try any OTC options before I went on prescription medication for depression. I wish my doctor would have suggested it first. I have had wonderful results with meds, but it would have been nice to be presented with more options. Thanks for sharing.

    1. 21.1

      I understand Candace. Glad your medications work good!

  22. 22

    Thank you for sharing these as I did not know that OC Anxiety and Depression pills existed. The doctors never talk about these and only the prescription ones they prescribe.

    1. 22.1

      Birdiebee, the doctors wouldn’t talk about using OTC products.. So try them if you need help…but if they don’t work then use the medications if you need them 🙂

  23. 23

    Great article, thanks for sharing. I take meds and will look into trying some of these along with what I am taking.

  24. 24
    Brandon Sparks

    This really is great info. I never knew there were so many over the counter option. Thanks for sharing this.

  25. 25
    Misty Battle

    I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was a teen. I think it awesome that there are now OTC and natural supplements to help us. Not everyone likes the side effects of the meds and this a great way to go!

    1. 25.1

      I agree Misty and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  26. 26
    Jerry Marquardt

    Thank you so much for this great information dealing with the struggle of depression. It will be used greatly.

  27. 27
    Jodi Wresh

    I didn’t know about any of these and would be a great help for my daughters anxiety. We will have to check them out further. Thanks!

  28. 28
    veronica lee

    Very useful info. I will certainly try some of these. Thanks!

  29. 29
    Tara L

    WOW, great info.. I never knew there was over the counter pills to take for anxiety. I may have to look into these and see if any would help me right now I am on a generic brand for Effexor and I just actually had to up my dose to 225 I’m kinda nervous about that but we shall see if it works.

  30. 30
    Carolyn Massey

    Thanks so much for sharing. I need to try some of these products.

  31. 31
    Alicia Hewitt

    This was a good informative article. I am going to research more about the OTC options. Thank you

  32. 32
    Kimberly Lynn

    Never knew they had OTC medicine for Anxiety. Gonna have to try these out.

  33. 33

    I wholeheartedly agree with you about the TENS machine! I bought one years ago for pain relief after an accident and have used it ever since for back pain, migraine etc.

  34. 34

    Thanks for this post, Colleen.

    1. 34.1

      Your welcome Bryant

  35. 35
    Jo-Ann Brightman

    I am very glad to have this information on natural over the counter ways to relieve anxiety and/or depression.

  36. 36

    This is such news to me! I never thought there was OTC medicine for something as serious as depression! I have anxiety issues but I don’t have the luxury of seeing a doctor about it. I think i will do a little more research and look at these OTC options. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    1. 36.1

      So glad I could shed some new light on helpful products that are not prescription for you!

  37. 37

    Thanks for these ideas! My teen has a little of both anxiety and depression.

    1. 37.1

      Hope some of the ideas may help!

  38. 38
    Margaret Gallagher

    Great didn’t know there where so many OTC remedies like the sound of these

  39. 39
    Lena P.

    I’ve tried 5htp but it didn’t help. Kava has been the most effective over the counter “drug” to ease my anxiety. There are claims that it can be damaging to the liver but others claim its just a “bogus scare.” I don’t take it everyday so it’s not something that I’m worried about. Ill take to give the other OTCs a try though! 🙂 thanks for the info

    1. 39.1

      My mom use to take Kava with great success. Glad you found something that helps.

  40. 40
    Lena P.

    I’ll have* to try the others OTCs. Lol

  41. 41
    Christy Peeples DuBois

    I did not realize there was anything OTC that provides relief from anxiety and depression. I take a prescription antidepressant myself. I have just learned the importance of magnesium and how many body functions use it daily. Thanks for this information.

  42. 42
    Jennifer George

    Nice to know about these alternatives.

  43. 43
    charlotte west

    I have suffered depression for many years and have not been able to find any kind of medication that works, so am considering the shock treatment and hope the memory loss will come back.

    1. 43.1

      You must have tried all the medications, SSRI’s and even MAO inhibitors? If they haven’t helped I do know many that ECT has helped. I wish you success with the treatment you decide upon.

    2. 43.2

      Charlotte…this is an add on to my comment.
      My husband is an anesthesiologist and he said before you decide to do ECT Shock treatments, you should check out therapy with a Ketamine Clinic. These are NEW and they have found people who ECT didn’t work on have had great success with small doses of Ketamine. You may have to travel to such a clinic but it would be worth it before you subject yourself to ECT treatments. These Ketamine treatments has also worked on very difficult depression cases that have medication and pain management issues involved.
      Good luck!

  44. 44
    ellen beck

    I have heard of a few of these but often people I think with severe forms would neeed a very high dose to get relief. Many supplements arent regulated very well, and one could contain a lot of what you want while others not so much. I have aa great Dr who is into the OTC meds and alternate therapies. I will have to ask her about some of these.

    1. 44.1

      No these are for people to begin with to see if that can control their symptoms. I also prefer naturopaths over MD’s unless they are MD psychiatrists…then they are great. But family and general practice MDs just don’t have enough information to successfully treat mental illness in my opinion. If people don’t get relief from OTC then they need to seek a medical professional.

  45. 45
    natasha lamoreux

    My husband has began struggling with anxiety so I appreciate all the information. Thank you.

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